New 2016 alpine equipment matrix

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2016 alpine equipment matrix 5-14-2015 v6

other changes listed below for the 2016 season

Helmets: Beginning season 2015/16 athletes U14 and older
must use helmets that meet the new FIS standards for all USSA GS, SG and DH

Poles: Beginning season 2015/16, SL poles for U14 and younger will be
required to be 60” in height off the snow and 27mm in diameter. Stubby poles
may still be used. This applies to events that are exclusive to U14 and
younger; it is not applicable to mixed age races which include athletes U14 and

GS Panels: Beginning in season 2015/16, all USSA GS, SG and DH
competitions (including Masters) must use currently homologated GS

FIS racing eligibility requirement outside the U.S.: To compete in FIS
races outside the United States, a FIS age athlete is required to have a
minimum of 120.00 USSA points in any event at the time of selection.  The
current USSA points list valid at the time of selection will be used.

Eligibility to enter FIS events in Canada: In order to enter FIS events in
Canada, USA competitors must be registered to appear on the FIS points list,
meet the international USSA point-racing standard (minimum of 120 USSA points
in any event) and adhere to national quota procedure and criteria.

Southern Hemisphere racing for first-year FIS athletes: First year age
eligible FIS athletes are eligible to start in Southern Hemisphere races as
long as they meet the international USSA point-racing standard (minimum of 120
USSA points in any event).

FIS Children’s Competitions: The USSA may field teams of U16 athletes to
compete in FIS Children’s competitions through approved regional and national
projects.  Each region may select a race to be a part of an international
regional project.

U19 Age Classification: The existing two-year U18 Age Classification (16
and 17 year olds) will be replaced with a three year U19 Age Classification
(16, 17, and 18 year olds) and therefore, the U18 Alpine National Championships
will become the U19 Alpine National Championships.  The field size will
remain unaltered.

Trial Ability Class Racing: The continued trial of ability class racing
was approved for 2015/16.

Concurrent USSA/FIS speed events: The ASC approved the continuation of up to
two concurrent FIS/USSA speed events in each region. The vertical drop and the
course set would be the same for both events. The top five athletes in the
points would be the same for both events, however they would not be required to
race the course twice.

Rules for Parallel racing: Modified FIS Alpine Parallel rules were
adopted.  These rules will be published in the 2015/16 Alpine Competition

Race Confirmation Deadline: The deadlines to intend and confirm race
participation was changed from 28/14 to 28 days for intents and 16 days out to

Masters Helmet Ruling: FIS helmets are recommended for use by Masters ski